RUMOR: iPad Pre-Orders to Start Next Week

Posted on February 20, 2010 by

From Electronista:

Apple might start taking pre-orders for the iPad as soon as next week, one rumorclaims today. A supposedly reliable source says orders would start “as soon as” February 25th, or about a month before the projected late March target for shipping. AppAdvice hears these would be limited to US buyers and would only apply to Wi-Fi models, as 3G versions officially ship a month later.

Why the pre-orders would be limited wasn’t explained but would likely stem from supply issues. Apple chose to unveil the tablet two months before production and is widely rumored to have done so to give itself enough manufacturing time.

Whether or not the rumor is accurate, Apple is known to be keeping a tight lock on any clues as to its ship date and has kept freight details private to avoid revealing the proximity of a launch. Many expect Apple to take a similar strategy to that it used for the iPhone and to orchestrate a special launch day where both retail and online orders should reach customers.

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